Craig Calhoun


Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University and Centennial Professor of Sociology at LSE. Previously, he was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), President of the Berggruen Institute, and President of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). He has also taught at Columbia University; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he served as Dean of the Graduate School and founded the University Center for International Studies; and New York University, where he was University Professor and founded the Institute for Public Knowledge.

Mr. Calhoun’s publications address politics, economics, the impact of technology, and cultural and social change. They have been translated into over twenty languages. His books include: Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (1994); Critical Social Theory: Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference (1995); Nations Matter: Citizenship, Solidarity and the Cosmopolitan Dream (2007); The Roots of Radicalism (2012)and Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013).  He is currently working on challenges to democracy, the renewal of communities, the future of universities and knowledge, and the impact of transformations in infrastructure.

Mr. Calhoun studied social anthropology at the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and Manchester University; and has a DPhil in politics, sociology, and modern social and economic history from Oxford. He has received honorary doctorates from La Trobe University and the Erasmus University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the UK Academy of Social Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition to being Co-Chair of the Board of The American Assembly, he serves on the boards of the Mastercard Foundation and the Center for Transcultural Studies and is President of the International Institute of Sociology.